Teenager Extends Lead at Ladies Masters

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2004 Ladies European TourGOLD COAST, Australia -- Ai Miyazato from Japan extended her first round lead at the ANZ Ladies Masters after tacking on a 4-under-par 68 to her opening record-equaling 63 to reach 13-under par, four shots clear of Australian Nikki Campbell at Royal Pines Resort.
 
The 19-year-old sensation from Okinawa lobbed in five birdies and one bogey as she continues her quest for her first title outside of her homeland and should she win this week, she would be eligible to join the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour and receive an exemption for the rest of this season and a further three years, meaning she would be exempt for both the Evian Masters and Weetabix Womens British Open.
 
Miyazato played in the tricky afternoon conditions and began with a birdie at the opening hole, but gave it back at the par-5 third. But after four consecutive pars, the pint-sized prodigy extended her lead with birdies at the eighth and ninth to turn in 35.
 
Further birdies came at the 15th and 17th to put her in control of the event at the halfway stage.
 
The wind was a lot harder today and it was much harder to control the ball, said Miyazato after her round.
 
Im very happy with my 4-under-par today, very satisfied.
 
Campbell, who plays most of her professional golf in Japan, reached the turn in 33 thanks to a hat-trick of birdies from the fifth hole. The 24-year old Canadian born player from Canberra came home in level par as the wind picked up.
 
Ive started to putt well on the Queensland greens, said Campbell, who finished 32nd on the order of merit in Japan last season.
 
I used to feel a bit daunted playing golf with some of the bigger names in womens golf, but Im beginning to feel a bit more comfortable with it now. Anytime my name is on the leaderboard, it gives me confidence and Im going to go out over the weekend and try and feel comfortable.
 
But with all the hype this week about the Japanese Wunderkind Miyazato, another teenager appeared on the radar as she equalled yesterdays course record with a 63 of her own in round two.
 
Tiffany Joh, an 18-year-old amateur from the San Diego in the USA continued the teenage invasion of womens golf her at Royal Pines as she carded the best round of her life which consisted of six birdies and an albatross at the par-5 ninth, her final hole.
 
Joh sits in a tie with Swedens Maria Hjorth who came in late in the afternoon with a 7-under-par 65 to share third spot on eight under par. Hjorth birdied the three of the final four holes of her round to jump up two places
 
Joh, a High School student at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego reached 8-under-par for 36 holes and is a shot clear of six players including Swedes Linda Wessberg, Maria Hjorth and Cecilia Ekelundh, Rachel Hetherington from Australia, Elisabeth Esterl from Germany and Veronica Zorzi from Italy who carded an 8-under-par 64 to jump right into contention for her maiden victory.
 
Ive never had an albatross before, said Joh.
 
I actually thought it went into the bunker at the back of the green but people were clapping, so maybe it didnt go into the bunker. I guess it turned out OK. I had 213-yards to the pin and I hit a five wood ' it was downwind.
 
The green was elevated and the pin was back left, so I couldnt see it land at all. I had no idea until I went up and checked it and then I was in shock, so I just picked up and walked around the green like a zombie!
 
Rounding out the top ten, four players share 10th spot on 6-under-par including Swedens Asa Gottmo and Australians Tamie Durdin, Shani Waugh and four times ANZ Ladies Masters Champion Karrie Webb.
 
The cut fell at 1-over-par with 73 players making the final two rounds.

Round 2 - Individual Leaderboard
 
1 MIYAZATO, Ai -13 F -4 63 68 131
2 CAMPBELL, Nikki -9 F -4 67 68 135
3 JOH, Tiffany (a) -8 F -9 73 63 136
3 HJORTH, Maria -8 F -7 71 65 136
5 WESSBERG, Linda -7 F -2 67 70 137
5 HETHERINGTON, Rachel -7 F -4 69 68 137
5 EKELUNDH, Cecilia -7 F -3 68 69 137
5 ESTERL, Elisabeth -7 F -3 68 69 137
5 ZORZI, Veronica -7 F -8 73 64 137
10 DURDIN, Tamie -6 F -5 71 67 138
10 WAUGH, Shani -6 F -3 69 69 138
10 GOTTMO, Asa -6 F -2 68 70 138
10 TAYLOR, Kirsty S -6 F -1 67 71 138
10 WEBB, Karrie -6 F -4 70 68 138
15 PRIETO, Marta -5 F -3 70 69 139
15 BODEN, Maria -5 F -4 71 68 139
15 DOUGLASS, Sarah -5 F -5 72 67 139
15 MARSHALL, Kathryn -5 F -5 72 67 139
15 FAIRCLOUGH, Lora -5 F -1 68 71 139
15 TSENG, Ya Ni (a) -5 F -3 70 69 139
15 STEVENSON, Rebecca -5 F -3 70 69 139
22 LEARY, Jane -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 ICHER, Karine -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 TAYLOR, Nadina -4 F Even 68 72 140
22 TINNING, Iben -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 SIMPSON, Georgina -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 HULL, Katherine -4 F +2 66 74 140
22 LUNA, Diana -4 F -2 70 70 140
29 FISCHER, Tina -3 F -3 72 69 141
29 KENYON, Sarah-Jane -3 F -3 72 69 141
29 BLOMQVIST, Minea -3 F -1 70 71 141
29 BEATTY, Helen -3 F -3 72 69 141
33 MUNT, Alison -2 F +1 69 73 142
33 HAKKARAINEN, Riikka -2 F -3 73 69 142
33 BUTLER, Carlie -2 F +2 68 74 142
33 BAILEY, Rachel -2 F Even 70 72 142
33 TUUTTI, Ursula -2 F -1 71 71 142
33 JOHNS, Tamara -2 F -2 72 70 142
33 LEE, Grace -2 F Even 70 72 142
33 LUNN, Mardi -2 F -2 72 70 142
33 DAVIES, Laura -2 F +1 69 73 142
42 SIMON, Denise -1 F -1 72 71 143
42 MONKE, Anja -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 EBERL, Martina -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 CHO, Mi Sun (a) -1 F +2 69 74 143
42 BREWERTON, Becky -1 F -1 72 71 143
42 SON, Hey Kyung -1 F -2 73 70 143
42 LOWIEN, Nicole -1 F -4 75 68 143
42 DAVID, Nathalie -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 SHIROTO, Yuka -1 F -5 76 67 143
42 LU, Hsiao Chuan -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 LIM, Eun A -1 F -2 73 70 143
53 NAGL, Miriam Even F Even 72 72 144
53 PIKE, Fiona Even F +2 70 74 144
53 COAKLEY, Rebecca Even F Even 72 72 144
53 PRATT, Kylie Even F +2 70 74 144
53 CROCE, Stefania Even F +2 70 74 144
53 UWLAND, Vicky Even F Even 72 72 144
53 STILLIG-GOGELE, Nicole Even F +3 69 75 144
53 LUNN, Karen Even F -1 73 71 144
53 MONNET-MELOCCO, Marine Even F +1 71 73 144
53 KREUTZ, Ludivine Even F +1 71 73 144
53 STUPPLES, Karen Even F +1 71 73 144
53 SORENSTAM, Charlotta Even F -1 73 71 144
53 KNIGHT, Anne-Marie Even F +2 70 74 144
53 KAVANAGH, Hazel Even F -4 76 68 144
53 MOLTKE-LETH, Amanda Even F +2 70 74 144
68 BYRNES, Cherie +1 F +3 70 75 145
68 HOLMES-SMITH, Melanie +1 F +2 71 74 145
68 KIM, So-Hee +1 F +2 71 74 145
68 SCOTT, Gina +1 F +1 72 73 145
68 PILGRIM, Eleanor +1 F +2 71 74 145
68 SEVIL, Jenny +1 F +4 69 76 145
68 NOCERA, Gwladys +1 F +3 70 75 145
68 HEDBLOM, Marlene +1 F +1 72 73 145
68 SANDOLO, Sophie +1 F +2 71 74 145
CUT LINE
77 DIBNAH, Corinne +2 F +2 72 74 146
77 MOON, Hyun Hee +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 HART, Leah +2 F -1 75 71 146
77 WHALLEY, Joanna +2 F -2 76 70 146
77 JAMES, Nicole +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 RAWSON, Anna +2 F +2 72 74 146
77 MARITZ, Laurette +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 BEAUTELL, Sara +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 PARRY, Susan +2 F +2 72 74 146
77 BROOKY, Lynnette +2 F Even 74 72 146
87 FINK, Natascha +3 F -1 76 71 147
87 SERRAMIA, Elisa +3 F -1 76 71 147
87 MILLS, Joanne +3 F +4 71 76 147
87 RIGON, Margherita +3 F Even 75 72 147
87 BAGGER, Mianne +3 F +3 72 75 147
87 GIQUEL, Sophie +3 F +4 71 76 147
87 LAMBERT, Loraine +3 F Even 75 72 147
87 KUOSA, Jenni +3 F +1 74 73 147
87 PARUSCIO, Barbara +3 F +2 73 74 147
87 HAUERT, Bettina +3 17 Even 75
87 PARKINSON, Natalie +3 17 +2 73
98 FERGUSON, Louise +4 F +2 74 74 148
98 DUNCAN, Rachel +4 F +3 73 75 148
98 REID, Dale +4 F +2 74 74 148
98 WALDH, Johanna +4 F +4 72 76 148
98 MOULT, Nicola +4 F +4 72 76 148
103 JEAN, Lisa +5 F +1 76 73 149
103 ALTERBY, Helena +5 F +2 75 74 149
103 CRAFTER, Jane +5 F +2 75 74 149
103 JAROCHOWICZ, Katy +5 F +1 76 73 149
103 VAN RYCKEGHEM, Valerie +5 F +2 75 74 149
103 LAGOUTTE, Virginie +5 F +2 75 74 149
109 PEARCE, Karen +6 F +2 76 74 150
109 HEATH, Sarah +6 F -1 79 71 150
109 RAILTON, Carmen +6 F +3 75 75 150
109 LINDSTROM, Kris +6 F +1 77 73 150
109 VAGNER, Carina +6 F +3 75 75 150
114 ZACKRISSON, Emma +7 F +6 73 78 151
115 PARK, Won Mi +8 F +6 74 78 152
115 LUNDGREEN, Cecilie +8 F +3 77 75 152
117 McCULKIN, Heidi +9 F +7 74 79 153
117 McKINNON, Elizabeth +9 F +4 77 76 153
117 LACEY, Dana +9 F +3 78 75 153
117 PATERSON, Tanya +9 F +5 76 77 153
117 BROWN, Geraldine +9 F +5 76 77 153
117 BRISTOW, Michelle +9 F +6 75 78 153
117 BANNERMAN, Joanne +9 17 +4 77
124 HYETT, Tamara +10 F +4 78 76 154
124 HIGHGATE, Anna +10 F +8 74 80 154
124 POLIAS, Marousa +10 F +5 77 77 154
124 HAWKES, Wendy +10 F +6 76 78 154
124 OERUM, Karina +10 F +2 80 74 154
124 BAKKEN, Katie +10 F +6 76 78 154
124 LARRANETA, Ana +10 F +7 75 79 154
124 KAMASOVA, Zuzana +10 F +8 74 80 154
132 SMITH, Janelle +11 F +4 79 76 155
132 SOWDEN, Pam +11 F +9 74 81 155
132 EVANS, Jane +11 F +5 78 77 155
135 JUUL, Karen +12 F +8 76 80 156
135 HARRIS, Angela +12 F +6 78 78 156
135 PAVICH, Diane +12 F +7 77 79 156
138 KNOWLES, Kerry +13 F +6 79 78 157
139 VLOEDMANS, Amanda +14 F +1 85 73 158
140 CLAU, Nuria +15 F +7 80 79 159
141 KNIGHT, Catherine +21 F +12 81 84 165
141 HJERTSTEDT, Therese +21 F +8 85 80 165
141 LEYSHON, Katherine +21 F +14 79 86 165